The Singaporean Sisters - Number 1 Luxury Lifestyle Blog in SINGAPORE!: March 2020

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Paul Immigrations Reviews - World's Best Cities - Living in Singapore

World’s Best Cities - Living in Singapore 

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Singapore despite being just a tiny dot on the World map is largely
recognized as one of the World's best cities to work and live due to its stable
government, clean environment, world class education system, affordable
and convenient public transport and overall a safe place with low crime
rates. 

Over 27,000 expats in 159 countries gave their answers to HSBC's 2018
Annual Expat survey which covered 27 questions in 3 categories economics,
experience and family ranked Singapore as the number 1 place to live in as
an expat. 

picture credit - visitsingapore

Most agree that there is a distinct improvement in their quality of
life by moving to Singapore as compared to staying in their original home
country. In May 2019, the city-state was ranked the number 1 country for a
child to live in according to the annual Global Childhood Report released by
the NGO - Save the Children as children in the country have access to high
quality and world class education system and there is less than 0.1 percent
school dropout rate in the country. 

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Singapore also boasts world class
healthcare facilities and expertise and often seen as an example of
excellence, claiming the number 1 spot out of 188 nations according to the
United Nation's health goal rankings in May 2019. 

The island-city as a
nation is always perfecting and seeking to improve policies in order to
strengthen the country's economics and living standards of its people.

picture credit - visitsingapore

Singapore's latest crown Jewel Changi Airport, aims to outdo other airports
in the World in terms of providing visitors a unique one of a kind experience
like never before. 

Built at a massive cost of US$1.3 billion, Jewel Changi
Airport aims to enhance the experience of visitors on top of its efficient
service as experience is the latest buzzword that many seek now in our
modern world. There is a significant increase in the number of passengers
transiting through the city and at a longer transit period. Therefore there is a
need to provide support by providing a comfortable, stress-free, relaxing
environment and entertaining experience to enhance their stay. 

Jewel Changi Airport also boasts the World's tallest indoor waterfall - The 40
metres tall HSBC Rain Vortex which has wowed visitors with its massive 
structure, inspiring musical light-shows and a true spectacle to behold. 

Jean Hung, CEO of Jewel Changi Airport Development, concluded: “The
vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where ‘The
World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World’. Jewel is
more than just an airport, it’s a lifestyle destination.” 

The city-state aims to provide world class facilities to all visitors, travelers and locals
to enjoy an oasis of relaxation between flights and Jewel Changi
Airport is indeed an impressive architectural masterpiece that is set to be
a game changer. The world is definitely watching the nation's amazing
capabilities and stunning innovations. It is not surprising why Singapore
won Skytrax's Worlds Best Airport award in 2019 for the
7th consecutive year.

Singapore is a bustling city with high standards of living, business friendly
climate and with a highly educated population where English is used as the
main language, it is no surprise that it is a hot favourite amongst immigrants
and expats. 

When considering a move abroad, it can be seen as a big
decision to undertake and can sometimes be overwhelming for some busy
individuals. Therefore, it is highly recommended to engage professionals
with years of experience in the field to help ease the process and provide
useful guidance along the way. 

Benefits of being a Singapore PR (SPR) - One of the many benefits of
being a SPR is that it is the only way for foreigners to create their own path
to eventually become a Citizen that grants you the same rights as born and
bred Singaporeans. It also allows the easy access in and out of the country
without having the trouble to apply travel visa. 

The legal rights to purchase
certain properties such as public housing (HDB) and reduced buyer stamp
duty (BSD) for private housing when looking for accommodation. It also
allows easy access to wider variety of bank loan schemes and improve
chances of success for loan approvals. Improved chances of your children
entering the schools of their choices as they will be placed on priority as
compared to others. 

The convenience and ease of changing jobs without the
hassle of applying for work permit each time and the access to Central
Provident Fund (CPF) which is the nation's pension system makes it easy to
access your savings during the retirement years later along the way. All
these benefits makes being a SPR a truly attractive option for immigrants
and expats.

Moving to the Lion City involves tedious amount of paperwork and
unfamiliarity with the application process makes it difficult but all these
problems can be easily resolved by engaging Paul Immigrations which is
one of the nation's renowned immigration consultancy firm that specializes
in the application of SPR. 

With over 15,000 satisfied customers and high
success rate over the years, the firm has a team of dedicated specialists that
will guide you along the entire process with 100% transparency in an
efficient manner to ensure a successful application. 



PAUL IMMIGRATIONS
Address: Suntec Tower Two, 9 Temasek Boulevard, #13-01/02/03,
Singapore 038989
Phone: +65 62066390


PAUL IMMIGRATIONS REVIEWS 

One of Singapore's leading immigration consultancy firm with multiple
years of relevant experience and expertise offer the following services to
their clients:

- Organize & prepare all necessary documents to ensure that there are no
missing documents as an incomplete application will cause the submission
to be invalid

- Prepare key additional documents that display your best qualities and
contributions including a letter of recommendation by your employer to set
you apart from other applicants and increase the success rate of your PR
application

- Specially craft personalised cover letters highlighting your own unique
strengths and capabilities to make you stand out of the crowd in the best
way

- Provide years of tips, insights and expertise to help you gain an upper hand
leading you one step closer to get your PR applications approved in a fast
and efficient manner without any unnecessary delays

- Guide you step by step to navigate the E-Service portal which may seem
complex to those who are unfamiliar with the system reducing hassle and
time wastage resulting in a smooth, efficient and seamless application
process 

If you are interested in finding out more about applying for PR or moving to
Singapore, feel free to contact one of the friendly specialists at Paul
Immigrations or simply call them over the phone at +65 62066390.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

COVID-19 CoronaVirus - Singapore Gov.sg Summary - World Global News - Live Updates

COVID-19 - Corona Virus 
Wash your hands & Stay Home

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STAY UPDATED
Live World Meter Statistics
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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COVID-19: 25 Mar Update

Coronavirus: New high of 73 cases in S'pore; 18 cases from new cluster at PCF Sparkletots pre-school in Fengshan


The ministry said there are now 18 cases linked to a new cluster at the PCF Sparkletots pre-school at Fengshan Block 126.

ST Photo

New imported cases: 38 [37 S’pore residents & long-term pass holders, 1 visitor; travelled from Europe, N.America, ASEAN and other parts of Asia]

New local cases: 35 [27 linked to previous cases, 8 currently unlinked]

Total cases in Singapore: 631
Discharged today: 5
Total discharged: 160
Total remaining in Hospital: 404

Most in hospital stable or improving. 17 in ICU.

Go.gov.sg/moh25mar

No need to panic buy

Singapore has implemented tighter measures to protect Singaporeans

But there is no need to panic buy or hoard

We have adequate supply of food and essentials

Our supply channels remain open

πŸ™…‍♀ Do not spread unverified information

Take tighter measures seriously

🚫 Do not attend “Farewell” events at entertainment venues tonight

πŸ‘₯ Large congregations will undermine our fight against COVID-19

πŸ‘ Be socially responsible. Don’t put yourself and those around you at risk of contracting the virus

MOM entry approval and Stay-Home Notice (SHN) for all Work Pass Holders

- All Work Pass Holders (including dependants) planning to enter/return to S’pore, regardless of mode of travel, must apply to MOM for entry approval
- Requests can be submitted up to 10 days before the date of arrival
- Employers should wait for MOM’s approval before asking pass holders to travel to S’pore
- Pass holders must show printout of approval on check-in and at ICA checkpoint
- All returnees will be placed on a 14-day SHN
- Enforcement action may be taken against errant employers and employees who do not comply with requirements

More: go.gov.sg/momentry 

Exemption: Those conveying essential services or supplies via land and sea links from M’sia
More: Go.gov.sg/mom25mar

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Key Developments from BloombergQuint on 25 March 2020: 

Cases top 458,000; 20,807 dead, 113,687 recovered: Johns Hopkins Trump will stop using the term ‘Chinese virus,’ easing blame game Tokyo asks people to stay inside as new cases spur lockdown risk India locked down, U.K. shuts Parliament; Iran, Singapore tighten curbs, Fired Americans send state unemployment websites crashing World leaders get sweeping powers they may never give up

Read more at: https://www.bloombergquint.com/coronavirus-outbreak/nyc-travelers-should-isolate-singapore-bars-shut-virus-update-k86itudi
 BloombergQuint

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COVID-19: 24 Mar Update

Coronavirus: All entertainment venues in Singapore to close, gatherings outside work and school limited to 10 people

ST Photo

New imported cases: 32 [30 S’pore residents & long-term pass holders, 2 visitors; travelled from Europe, N.America, Australia, the Middle East, ASEAN and other parts of Asia]

New local cases: 17 [4 linked to previous cases, 13 currently unlinked]

Total cases in Singapore: 558
Discharged today: 3
Total discharged: 155
Total remaining in Hospital: 401

Most in hospital stable or improving. 17 in ICU.

More: Go.gov.sg/moh24mar

➡ Tighter safe distancing measures to minimise further spread (till 30 Apr)
- Limit gatherings outside work and school to 10 or less
-  All bars and entertainment venues (like nightclubs, cinemas, karaoke outlets) closed
- All classes at tuition and enrichment centres suspended
- All religious services suspended
- Events and mass gatherings (e.g conferences) cancelled
- Senior-linked activities suspended

➡ S’pore Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders who leave S’pore from 27 Mar will be charged unsubsidised rates at public hospitals if:
- admitted for suspected COVID-19
- have symptoms within 14 days of returning

➡ Dedicated facilities for S’poreans returning from UK/US to serve Stay-Home Notices

➡ Community Isolation Facility at D’Resort NTUC
- For patients who are well enough to be discharged, but are still tested positive

➡ From 27 Mar, 0900hrs

All incoming travellers to submit health declaration
- Via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) E-Service (go.gov.sg/healthdeclaration)
- Includes S’pore Citizens, PRs, and Long-Term Pass holders

Health declaration
- Provide your health and recent travel info, personal and contact details
- Up to 3 days prior to arrival
- Must be re-submitted if health condition or travel history changes before arrival

πŸ’» If you don't submit electronically, you may be delayed at immigration clearance as you'll have to do it at the checkpoint.

❌ Those who make false declarations may be prosecuted

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23 March 2020
Corona virus tops at 339,000 Globally.

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COVID-19: 23 Mar Update Singapore

New imported cases: 48 [47 S’pore residents & long-term pass holders, 1 visitor; travelled from Europe, N.America and ASEAN]

New local cases : 6 [all currently unlinked]

Total cases in Singapore: 509
Discharged today: 8
Total discharged: 152
Total remaining in Hospital: 355

Most in hospital stable or improving. 15 in ICU.
go.gov.sg/moh23mar

With more cases in SG, everyone needs to take Safe Distancing seriously
Protect yourself & your loved ones today ❤
πŸ‘¨↔πŸ‘© Maintain at least 1m distance between yourself and others
🏠 Stay at home if there’s no need to go out
πŸ‘©‍πŸ’»πŸ‘¨‍πŸ’» Work from home where possible
🚫🀝  Don’t shake hands
 Maintain good personal hygiene

go.gov.sg/safedistance

Additional measures to reduce importation of COVID-19

➡ From 27 Mar, 0900hrs

All incoming travellers to submit health declaration
- Via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) E-Service (go.gov.sg/healthdeclaration)
- Includes S’pore Citizens, PRs, and Long-Term Pass holders

Health declaration
- Provide your health and recent travel info, personal and contact details
- Up to 3 days prior to arrival
- Must be re-submitted if health condition or travel history changes before arrival

πŸ’» If you don't submit electronically, you may be delayed at immigration clearance as you'll have to do it at the checkpoint.

❌ Those who make false declarations may be prosecuted

More: go.gov.sg/ica-23mar


23 March 2020 - Global News
What you need to know today?

The global outlook: At least 341,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus and over 14,700 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

India lockdowns: More than 750 million people across the country have been placed under travel, work and movement restrictions until March 31.

Olympics in doubt: Canada is the first country to announce it won't send a team to this year's Tokyo Olympics. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said postponing the Games is a possibility.


US death toll rises: More than 400 people have died from the virus in the United States, according to CNN's tally of cases.

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1 of the best video made in Australia 

23 March 2020
Corona virus tops at 339,000 Globally

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22 March 2020

Singapore Launches a New App - TraceTogether
Community-driven contact tracing
https://TraceTogether.gov.sg

App helps contact tracers determine if you have been exposed to virus, even between strangers

 TraceTogether helps protect:
* Yourself - allow contact tracers to reach you sooner
* Family - minimise spread to others
* Community - help Singapore stop COVID-19

πŸ“² Download & help others install
https://go.gov.sg/tt-setup

App does not collect location data. Data is stored encrypted on phone - sent to MOH only for contact tracing, upon user consent.

Keep OS updated to use Bluetooth safely

πŸ‘¨‍πŸ‘©‍πŸ‘§‍πŸ‘¦  Share app with friends/family
We appreciate your patience during this high sign-up period
>500,000 have joined the TraceTogether community since Friday 20 March evening

If you are contact traced
- Call MOH at 6325-9220 to verify authenticity of caller if you are unsure

- Contact tracers will only provide code/PIN when asking you to submit TraceTogether data (by phone/in-person)

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Easy to Understand Coronavirus Video

Singapore Straits Times - 22 March 2020

Singapore Straits Times - 22 March 2020

Coronavirus: All short-term visitors barred from entering or transiting in Singapore from Monday, 11.59pm

SINGAPORE - All short-term visitors will no longer be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore from 11.59pm on Monday (March 23) in view of the heightened risks of importing coronavirus cases into the country.

Work pass holders and their dependants will be allowed to return to Singapore only if they work in sectors that provide essential services such as healthcare and transport.

This will also kick in at 11.59pm on Monday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement on Sunday.

The measures were announced a day after two patients - a 75-year-old Singaporean woman and a 64-year-old Indonesian man - died from Covid-19 due to complications. They were the first deaths the Republic has seen in the Covid-19 outbreak.

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said at a briefing on Sunday morning that the measures to "significantly tighten" Singapore's borders are taken in the light of the rapidly escalating virus outbreak around the world.

Previously, except for a handful of countries, short-term visitors from elsewhere were allowed to come into Singapore but were issued a 14-day stay-home notice (SHN) upon arrival.


This meant, however, that resources were being expended to serve and enforce SHNs on them, and if they fell ill, to provide them with medical treatment. On Saturday, there were still 533 short-term visitors arriving in Singapore.

To date, there are more than 260,000 Covid-19 cases across 185 countries, and around 11,200 deaths.

The MOH said that in Singapore, almost 80 per cent of new Covid-19 cases over the past three days were imported, most of them Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning home from abroad.

These imported cases had travel histories to 22 different countries.

There were 432 cases of coronavirus patients in Singapore as of Saturday evening. A total of 140 cases have fully recovered. Of the 290 patients still in hospital, most are stable or improving, but 14 are in critical care.

Singapore Straits Times

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COVID-19: 22 Mar Update

New imported cases: 18 [17 S’pore residents & long-term pass holders, 1 visitor; travelled from Europe, N.America, S.America and ASEAN]

New local cases : 5 [1 linked to known cluster, 2 linked to previous cases, 2 currently unlinked]
Total cases in Singapore: 455

Discharged today: 4
Total discharged: 144
Total remaining in Hospital: 309

Most in hospital stable or improving. 14 in ICU.
go.gov.sg/moh22mar

Comply with Stay Home Notices
- Let’s safeguard the well-being of the community, especially vulnerable groups (like seniors) who need extra care
- Or face penalties, such as prosecution under Infectious Disease Act
 ➡ go.gov.sg/govsg-shn

Protecting our seniors
- Seniors should avoid crowded places and practise safe distancing when in public
- Maintain good personal hygiene, and stay active with home-based activities
go.gov.sg/caringforseniors


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COVID-19: 21 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New imported cases: 39 [33 S’pore residents & long-term pass holders, 6 visitors; travelled from Australia, Europe, N.America, ASEAN, other parts of Asia]

New local cases : 8 [2 linked to previous cases, 6 currently unlinked]
Total cases in Singapore: 432

Discharged today: 9
Total discharged: 140
Total remaining in Hospital: 290

Most in hospital stable or improving. 14 in ICU.
go.gov.sg/moh21mar

Comply with Stay-Home Notice (SHN) to limit spread of virus
1. Remain in your place of residence at all times
2. Minimise contact with others
3. Monitor your health closely
4. Maintain good personal hygiene
5. Clean your place frequently
6. Do not share food or personal items
go.gov.sg/govsg-shn

Take Safe Distancing seriously
πŸ‘¨↔πŸ‘© Maintain 1m distance from others
🚫🀝 Don’t shake hands
πŸ’»πŸ  Work From Home if possible, teleconference
go.gov.sg/govsg-sd

Let’s play our part to protect ourselves & others
Don’t overwhelm our healthcare system

2 deaths due to COVID-19 today. 

1) 75 year-old female Singapore Citizen, admitted 23 Feb. Developed serious complications, succumbed after 26 days in ICU. History of chronic heart disease and hypertension.

2) 64 year-old male Indonesian national. Admitted in critical condition after arriving from Indonesia. In ICU since 13 Mar. Developed serious complications. Prior to arrival, was hospitalised in Indonesia for pneumonia. History of heart disease.

MOH and NCID are providing all necessary assistance to the families.

go.gov.sg/mar21moh

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COVID-19: 20 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 40
Total cases in Singapore: 385
Discharged today: 7
Total discharged: 131
Total remaining in Hospital: 254

Of the new cases, 30 are imported cases w travel history to Europe, N.America, ASEAN, other parts of Asia - all except 1 were returning residents and long-term pass holders
7 are linked to previous cases, 3 are currently unlinked

Most in hospital stable or improving. 16 in ICU.

go.gov.sg/moh20mar

Stricter safe distancing measures

All Events (250 or more participants)
- To be suspended till 30 Jun

Public venues (queues, F&B, entertainment)
- To ensure 1m between customers

Protecting our seniors
- Suspension of senior-centric activities until 7 Apr
- Seniors advised to avoid crowded places, maintain good personal hygiene, see doctor if sick
- Those interacting with seniors should take extra care w personal hygiene

go.gov.sg/safedist

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COVID-19: 19 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 32
Total cases in Singapore: 345
Discharged today: 7
Total discharged: 124
Total remaining in Hospital: 221

Of the new cases, 24 are imported cases with travel history to Europe, North America and ASEAN. 1 is linked to a known cluster, 1 is linked to previous cases, and 6 are currently unlinked.

Most in hospital stable or improving. 15 in ICU.

go.gov.sg/moh19mar

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[Sent by Gov.sg – 19 Mar]

COVID-19: Measures in schools

23 Mar: Schools/kindergartens will re-open as planned

14-day Leave of Absence (LOA)
For all students/staff who have been out of SG on/after 14 Mar

14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN)
For all returning travellers, WEF 20 Mar 2359hr

During the LOA/SHN
- Students supported via home-based learning
- Parents will need to take leave if childcare is needed; employers encouraged to be flexible

For the next 2 wks
- Suspension of Co-Curricular Activities
- Deferment of SYF
- Assigned/exam-style seating + wipe-down routine in class, canteen

At preschools
- Frequent temp checks, restrict visitors
- Field trips, large grp/communal activities suspended
- Limit deployment of staff across centres

More: Go.gov.sg/moe19mar

MFA encourages S'porean students studying overseas to return home soon:
go.gov.sg/overseas-students

[Sent by Gov.sg - 19 Mar]

MOM entry approval for work pass holders
- From 20 Mar, 2359 hours, all work pass holders (incl dependants) planning to enter S’pore from any country, will need MOM’s approval before they commence their journey
- Upon arrival in S’pore, all affected work pass holders will be placed on a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN)
More: go.gov.sg/momentry

Advisory for all persons issued SHN
- Remain in place of residence at all times
- Don’t leave to buy food and essentials; Opt for home delivery or ask neighbours/grassroots for help
- Minimise contact with people, avoid visitors
- Maintain record of people in close contact with
- Take temperature twice daily; monitor for respiratory symptoms

Penalties for non-compliance
- Fine of up to $10,000 and/or 6-mth imprisonment for 1st offence
- SG PR, Long-Term Pass Holders: Re-entry permit/passes may be revoked
- Foreign employee: Work pass may be revoked
- Employers: May be banned from applying work passes

More: go.gov.sg/govsg-shn

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COVID-19: 18 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 47
Total cases in Singapore: 313
Discharged today: 3
Total discharged: 117
Total remaining in Hospital: 196

Of new cases: 33 imported, 9 linked to previous cases, 5 currently unlinked

Most in hospital stable or improving. 15 in ICU.

go.gov.sg/moh18mar

Additional measures to reduce imported cases

About 70% of recent new cases imported; most S'poreans and residents returning from travel

πŸ‘‰ With immediate effect, S’pore residents are advised to defer all travel abroad. Avoid being infected abroad and spreading infection here.

14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) for all entering SG

From 20 Mar 2359hrs, all S’poreans, PRs, Long-Term Pass Holders, Short-Term Visitors entering S’pore will be issued 14-day SHN

Short-term visitors who have visited Mainland China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, Spain in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter or transit

go.gov.sg/travel18mar


Update on M’sia’s Movement Control Order (MCO)
- S’pore-M’sia Special Working Committee on COVID-19 established to coordinate continued flow of goods, cargo, and food supplies between S’pore and M’sia.

Can S'poreans currently in M'sia leave the country during the MCO period?
Yes, but they should be prepared for significant travel inconveniences due to the restrictions; and will not be allowed to re-enter M’sia during the MCO period.

Are S’poreans allowed to enter M’sia during the MCO period?
All foreigners who are not employed under “essential services” in M’sia will not be allowed to enter.

Will there be flights operating out of M'sia during MCO period?
Based on current avail info, various airlines are still operating flights out of M'sia. Please check directly with respective airlines.

go.gov.sg/mco

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COVID-19: 17 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 23
Total cases in Singapore: 266
Discharged today: 5
Total discharged: 114
Total remaining in Hospital: 152

Of the new cases, 17 are imported cases, 2 are linked to previous cases, and 4 are currently unlinked.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 14 are in the intensive care unit.

go.gov.sg/moh17mar

Defer non-essential travel
- Majority of new cases are Singaporeans and residents infected while travelling abroad
- You may be exposed to the virus overseas and put your family and those around you at risk
- Upon return you can be placed in quarantine or on Stay Home Notice (SHN), which can affect your family, work or study responsibilities
- If you have to be put on SHN as a result of non-essential travel, you will use your own leave to serve it
- Pls help us reduce the number of imported cases

More: go.gov.sg/going-overseas

We have adequate supply of food and essentials. Please do not panic buy or hoard.

S’pore’s strategy: stockpiling, domestic production, diversified supply sources
➡Rice and noodles - have more than 3 months worth of stockpile
➡Meat and vegetables - have a combi of fresh, frozen and canned options, more than 2 months worth of normal consumption
➡Eggs -  have local production, activated options to substitute M’sian supplies

Watch: Go.gov.sg/supply

πŸ‘ Stay calm and look out for one another in the community.

πŸ—£ Share reliable information from official sources. There are a number of false rumours circulating.

Accommodating affected M’sian workers
- Govt looking into support for S’pore-based companies that urgently need to accommodate workers
- Will prioritise needs of essential services like healthcare and cleaning

Go.gov.sg/accom

COVID-19: Singapore not facing immediate shortage of food or essentials

M’sia just announced restriction of all movement throughout the country from 18 to 31 March to prevent the spread of COVID-19

S’pore has been actively working with essential firms and supermarkets to increase our stock of food and essential supplies over the last 2 months

We have local production capabilities for noodles, infant milk powder, canned goods etc, and can ramp up quickly and easily

We have also diversified our sources of essential goods, including vegetables and eggs

Only buy what you need. Otherwise, no amount of stockpiling will be sufficient

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COVID-19: 16 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 17
Total cases in Singapore: 243
Discharged today: 4
Total discharged: 109
Total remaining in Hospital: 134

Of the new cases, 11 are imported cases, 4 are linked to previous cases and 2 are currently unlinked.
Most in hospital are stable or improving. 13 are in the intensive care unit.

go.gov.sg/moh16mar

Extension of temporary closure of mosques
- Mosques to close for 9 more days until 26 Mar
- Friday prayer on 20 Mar suspended
- Call to prayer adapted with call to community to perform prayers at home
- Mosques to produce more learning and talks via online content
- MUIS will implement enhanced measures to limit spread of COVID-19 upon mosques reopening
More: go.gov.sg/mosqueclosureext

[Sent by Gov.sg - 16 Mar]

COVID-19: Advisory for those with foreign domestic workers (FDWs)

All FDWs arriving in S’pore after 16 March 2020 must serve a 14-day Stay Home Notice (SHN).

Employers must:
- Obtain MOM’s approval before confirming the FDW’s flight to S’pore
- Ensure a place of residence for the FDW to serve the SHN

✅ FDWs are strongly encouraged to stay at home on their rest day. Employers should not assign work to FDWs on rest days, or they can compensate in lieu.
✅ For FDWs with plans to travel home, employers should urge them to postpone their travel until the situation stabilises.

More: go.gov.sg/fdw-advisory

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COVID-19: 15 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 14
Total cases in Singapore: 226
Discharged today: 0
Total discharged: 105
Total remaining in Hospital: 121

Of the new cases, two are part of a known cluster, nine are imported cases, and three are linked to previous cases.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 13 are in the intensive care unit - one less than yesterday.

Go.gov.sg/mar15moh


COVID-19: Travel advisory as of 16 Mar 2359hrs

S'pore citizens and residents should defer all non-essential travel overseas

Incoming residents, long-term pass holders
14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN): For all w travel history to Mainland China (excl Hubei), Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland, or UK, in last 14 days

Incoming short-term visitors
No entry or transit for those from Mainland China (excl Hubei), France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, Spain

14-day SHN for those from ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland, UK

Residents in ASEAN countries must submit requisite health information; approval needed before traveling to S’pore

SHN will not apply to sea and land crossings with Malaysia

SHN also for all incoming travellers w fever/respiratory symptoms

Those on SHN:
- Must provide proof of SHN residence;  remain there at all times for 14 days

- May undergo a swab test even if no symptoms

go.gov.sg/travel-15mar

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COVID-19: 14 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 12
Total cases in Singapore: 212
Discharged today: 8
Total discharged: 105
Total remaining in Hospital: 107

Of the new cases, 1 is part of the SAFRA Jurong cluster, 9 are imported, 1 is linked to a previous case, and 1 is currently unlinked.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 14 are in the intensive care unit.

Go.gov.sg/moh14mar


COVID-19: Social distancing at workplaces
➡ Employers encouraged to allow employees to work from home:
- Tele-commute/ video-conference
- Especially vulnerable employees, e.g. older or pregnant

➡ If employees cannot work from home:
- Reduce duration and proximity of physical interactions
- Stagger working hours; off-peak commuting
- Defer or scale down non-essential events. Safeguards like temperature screening and online registration if proceeding.
go.gov.sg/workplacesocialdistancing

Precautionary measures
πŸ›¬ Regardless of travel history, all incoming travellers with fever and/or respiratory symptoms will:
- undergo a COVID-19 test
- be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice

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COVID-19: 13 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 13
Total cases in Singapore: 200
Discharged today: 1
Total discharged: 97
Total remaining in Hospital: 103

Of the new cases, 1 is part of the SAFRA Jurong cluster, 9 are imported, 2 are linked to previous cases, and 1 is unlinked.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 11 are in the intensive care unit.

Go.gov.sg/moh13mar

March School Holidays
- Singapore has seen imported cases from Mainland China, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, the UK and the US
- Please check travel advisory and review your plans
Go.gov.sg/going-overseas

COVID-19: Additional social distancing measures

➡ Advisory for ticketed events
- Events with 250 or more participants to be deferred/cancelled
- For committed events, to have satisfactory precautionary measures in place before proceeding       

➡ All other gatherings
- Reduce to below 250 participants where possible
- Put in place precautionary measures

➡ Advisories at workplaces and public venues
- Employers advised to put in place social distancing measures like tele-commuting, video-conferencing, and spacing work stations apart
- Limiting and spacing visitors apart at dining and entertainment venues, tourist attractions and indoor sports centres

More:
go.gov.sg/socialdistancing-13mar


COVID-19: Additional measures to prevent importation

➡ New travel advisory and border restrictions
- Defer non-essential travel to the whole of Italy, France, Spain and Germany
- New visitors with travel history to these countries within the last 14 days will be not be allowed into/transit through Singapore
- A 14-day Stay-Home Notice for residents and long-term pass holders with recent travel to the above countries in the last 14 days
- To exercise caution when travelling to countries with exported cases
- Full travel advisory and list of countries with exported cases: go.gov.sg/going-overseas
- Full list of restrictions: go.gov.sg/entering-singapore

➡ 14-Day Stay-Home Notice for all incoming travellers with symptoms

➡ Port calls to cease for all cruise vessels

More: go.gov.sg/importation-measures

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COVID-19: 12 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 9
Total cases in Singapore: 187
Discharged today: 0
Total discharged: 96
Total remaining in Hospital: 91

Of the new cases, 3 are part of the SAFRA Jurong cluster, 5 are imported cases, and 1 is linked to a previous case.
Most in hospital are stable or improving. 9 are in the intensive care unit.

There is no change to the DORSCON level.
go.gov.sg/moh12mar

Temporary closure of mosques, suspension of mosque activities
- 4 mosques closed after confirmed case found to have frequented these mosques
- From 13 Mar, all mosques will be closed for 5 days for disinfection
- Mosques will cancel all mosque activities and classes for next 2 weeks
- Friday prayer at all mosques will be suspended on 13 Mar
More: go.gov.sg/mosquesclosure

[Sent by Gov.sg - 12 Mar]
COVID-19 situation in S’pore

- More imported cases expected as global numbers rise
- More travel restrictions may be needed
- If there are many cases here, may need to hospitalise only those seriously ill; those with mild symptoms to see GP, rest at home

SG is NOT going to DORSCON Red
— We have the situation under control 

Economic impact
- Measures to help affected businesses, workers
- Govt working on 2nd package of measures

Staying #SGUnited
πŸ‘©‍⚕ Frontline staff working hard
πŸ’ͺ Singaporeans’ support crucial to overcome this

Everyone can do their part
- Practise good personal hygiene, adopt new social norms πŸ§ΌπŸ™Œ
- Maintain social distancing πŸ‘‹

Watch: go.gov.sg/pmo12mar

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COVID-19: 11 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 12
Total cases in Singapore: 178
Discharged today: 3
Total discharged: 96
Total remaining in Hospital: 82

Of the new cases, 1 is part of the SAFRA Jurong cluster, 8 are imported cases, 1 is linked to an imported case, and 2 are unlinked.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 9 are in the intensive care unit - three less than yesterday.

go.gov.sg/moh11mar

➡Many locally transmitted cases were caused by individuals attending social activities though sick
- 35 of 160 confirmed cases did not minimise social contact even with symptoms
- 22% went to work
- 24% doctor hopped; 8 visited three or more

Protecting our seniors
- All senior-centric activities by government agencies will be suspended for 14 days (till 24 Mar 2020)
- Care services for seniors will continue, with added precautions
- All who are sick should see a doctor and stay at home

More: go.gov.sg/PAseniors

Two clusters caused by socially irresponsible behaviour: go.gov.sg/clusters

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COVID-19: 10 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 6
Total cases in Singapore: 166
Discharged today: 0
Total discharged: 93
Total remaining in Hospital: 73

Of the new cases, 3 are part of the SAFRA Jurong cluster, 2 are linked to a previous case, 1 is unlinked.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 12 are in the intensive care unit.

go.gov.sg/moh10mar

Be socially responsible
- See a doctor and stay home if sick, even with mild flu-like symptoms
- Don’t doctor-hop
- Cooperate during contact tracing

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COVID-19: 9 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 10
Total cases in Singapore: 160
Discharged today: 3
Total discharged: 93
Total remaining in Hospital: 67

Of the new cases, 6 are part of the SAFRA Jurong cluster, 1 is linked to a previous cluster, 3 are imported cases.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 10 are in the intensive care unit.

go.gov.sg/moh9mar

 Precautionary measures for Costa Fortuna
- Cruise ship Costa Fortuna, based in SG, is scheduled to return on 10 Mar
- All of its passengers had embarked earlier from Singapore, and completed pre-embarkation checks
- No passengers have fever or respiratory illness
- Doctor on board will check passengers and crew to ensure they are healthy before disembarkation
- Temp screening before entering SG, swab tests if exhibiting fever or respiratory illness
- SG cruise terminals remain open to scheduled calls
- Unscheduled calls in SG disallowed since 24 Feb

go.gov.sg/mpa9mar


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COVID-19: 8 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 12
Total cases in Singapore: 150
Discharged today: 0
Total discharged: 90
Total remaining in Hospital: 60

Of the new cases, 9 are part of the SAFRA Jurong cluster, 1 is linked to a previous case, 1 is an imported case, and 1 is unlinked.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 9 are in the intensive care unit.

go.gov.sg/moh8mar


COVID-19: We must manage load on healthcare system so it’s not overwhelmed

What are we doing
- Travel restrictions & border controls
- Screen at entry points into Singapore
- Contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation
- PHPCs: Quick access to subsidised treatment for patients with respiratory symptoms
More: Go.gov.sg/ona-phpc

You must do your part
- DO NOT attend a gathering when ill
- Many clusters caused by someone sick attending a gathering
- If you are sick: see a doctor, stay at home
- Practise good hygiene

Contain dengue cases in S'pore 🦟
- Practise the Mozzie Wipeout
- Hospitals should not be loaded with dengue cases now
More: go.gov.sg/homebreeding

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COVID-19: 7 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 8
Total cases in Singapore: 138
Discharged today: 8
Total discharged: 90
Total remaining in Hospital: 48

Of the new cases, 4 are part of the SAFRA cluster, 1 is linked to a known cluster, 2 are likely to be imported cases, and 1 is unlinked.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 8 are in the intensive care unit - 1 less than yesterday.

Additional measures in response to growing SAFRA cluster:
a)     14-day suspension of all activities and classes attended by the confirmed cases at the affected community clubs (CCs) and residents’ committees (RCs)
b)     14-day suspension of all PA-organised singing classes at affected CCs and RCs

Details of affected CCs & RCs:
Go.gov.sg/moh7mar


COVID-19: Good habits and social norms to practise

- Keep premises clean and pest-free
- Return trays, keep tables clean
- Keep toilets clean and dry
- Wash hands regularly with soap
- Take temperature, see doctor if unwell, stay home
- Use tissue when sneezing or coughing
- Bin litter and soiled tissue
- Eat on tray to prevent spills onto tables so cleaners don’t have to pick food up and risk spreading diseases
- Don’t double dip in common bowls
- Refrain from shaking hands

More:
Go.gov.sg/goodhygiene

Go.gov.sg/socialnorms

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COVID-19: 6 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 13
Total COVID-19 cases in Singapore: 130
Discharged today: 1
Total discharged: 82
Total remaining in Hospital: 48

Of the new cases, 9 are part of a previous cluster, 1 is linked to a previous case, 2 are likely to be imported cases, and 1 is unlinked.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 9 are in the intensive care unit.

Go.gov.sg/moh6mar

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COVID-19: 5 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 5
Total COVID-19 cases in Singapore: 117
Discharged today: 2
Total discharged: 81
Total remaining in Hospital: 36

1 new case is an imported one, and the rest are part of a cluster.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 7 are in the intensive care unit.

Go.gov.sg/moh5mar

COVID-19: Entry Approvals for Work Pass Holders

πŸ›¬ For work pass holders who have been in Mainland China, Iran, Northern Italy, Republic of Korea within last 14 days:
- Employers to seek approval online for employees to return to Singapore
- Employees will be placed on 14-day Stay-Home Notices (SHN) upon arrival
- Employers to ensure employees’ accommodation, meals, daily necessities

πŸ›ƒ Swab tests at checkpoints
- For work pass holders exhibiting fever/respiratory symptoms
- Results in 3-6 hours
- If Positive: Will be taken to hospital in dedicated ambulance
- Employers advised to inform employees swab test may be required when they enter Singapore

MOM will not hesitate to revoke work passes of workers, and withdraw work pass privileges of errant employers

More: go.gov.sg/mom3mar

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COVID-19: 3 Mar Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 2
Total COVID-19 cases in Singapore: 110
Discharged today: 0
Total discharged: 78
Total remaining in Hospital: 32

1 new case is linked to a known cluster, contact tracing is underway for the other case.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 7 are in the ICU.

Go.gov.sg/moh3mar

With more cases overseas, the number of cases in Singapore is expected to increase

Latest Travel Advisory

πŸ›« Outgoing: Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province in China, and non-essential travel to:
- Mainland China
- Iran
- Northern Italy
- Japan
- Republic of Korea

πŸ›¬ Incoming: Mainland China, Iran, Northern Italy, Republic of Korea
- From 4 Mar 2359h, all new visitors who have been to these countries in the last 14 days will not be allowed into, or transit through Singapore
- Returning residents and long-term pass holders will be placed on Stay-Home Notice upon their return
More: go.gov.sg/travel3mar


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COVID-19: 2 March Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 2
Total COVID-19 cases in Singapore: 108
Discharged today: 4
Total discharged: 78
Total remaining in Hospital: 30

1 new case is linked to a known cluster, the other is linked to a previous case.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 6 are in the intensive care unit - 1 less than yesterday.

Go.gov.sg/moh2mar

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COVID-19: 1 March Update

As of 12pm:
New cases: 4
Total COVID-19 cases in Singapore: 106
Discharged today: 2
Total discharged: 74
Total remaining in Hospital: 32

3 of the new cases are linked to a previously known cluster.

Most in hospital are stable or improving. 7 are in the intensive care unit.

Go.gov.sg/moh1mar

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What is Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)? 
As explained on WHO website. 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

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